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Mastering the West: Rome and Carthage at War

ISBN : 9780190663452

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Author: 
Dexter Hoyos
Pages
360 Pages
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Paperback
Size
156 x 235 mm
Pub date
Jun 2017
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To say the Punic Wars (264-146 BC) were a turning-point in world history is a vast understatement. These vicious battles pitted two flourishing Mediterranean powers against one another, leaving one an unrivaled giant and the other a literal pile of ash. To later observers, a collision between these civilizations seemed inevitable and yet, to the Romans and Carthaginians at the time, war erupted seemingly out of nowhere and was expected to be a short and trivial skirmish. Mastering the West offers a superlative narrative of all three wars as they are generally divided, while treating a full range of themes: the antagonists' military, naval, economic, and demographic resources and strategic opportunities; the political structures of both republics; questions of leadership and the contributions of leaders like Hannibal, Fabius the Delayer, Scipio Africanus, Masinissa, and Scipio Aemilianus; and the postwar impact of the conflicts on the participants and victims. Dexter Hoyos, a leading expert of the period, treats the two great powers evenly, without forgetting the important roles played by Syracuse, Macedon, and especially Numidia. Written with verve in a clear, accessible style, with a range of illustrations and newly-commissioned maps, Mastering the West is sure to restructure our understanding of this critical period in ancient history.

Index: 

PART ONE
ROME AND CARTHAGE: 264 BC
1. Two Republics
2. Warfare

PART TWO
THE FIRST PUNIC WAR AND AFTERMATH: 264-218
3. Sicily and its Seas, 264-257
4. Africa and after: 256-249
5. Stalemate and Checkmate: 249-241
6. Between the Wars: 241-218

PART THREE
THE SECOND PUNIC WAR: 218-201
7. Hannibal's invasion, 218-211
8. The War beyond Italy
9. Scipio and Roman Victory: 210-201

PART FOUR
THE LAST CONFLICT
10. Rome, Masinissa, and Carthage
11. The Triumph of Rome

Conclusions
Appendix 152
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About the author: 

Dexter Hoyos is retired Associate Professor of Classics and Ancient History at the University of Sydney, Australia. His many books include, most recently, Hannibal: Rome's Greatest Enemy, The Carthaginians, A Companion to the Punic Wars, Livy: Rome's Italian Wars (with J. C. Yardley), and A Companion to Roman Imperialism

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